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hi, I finished my bachelor ed in March and I have been on dagpenge since then, I will probably start a master's program in UK or Germany from September 2020 for 1 or 2 years. In 1 month time I will be residing in Denmark for 5 years, so I'm equal with Danish citizens. The questions is, can I be a member of akasse during studies outside of Denmark and after the studies come back to Denmark and get dagpenge again while looking for a job in Denmark.
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Hi,

I assume you are an EU-citizen (otherwise you will also need proper residence and work permit for being able to get dagpenge).

However as an EU-citizen the same requirements apply to you regarding right to dagpenge, as if you were a danish citizen.

The residence requirement you are referring to, will be removed from 1st February 2020, so it is no longer relevant that you have stayed 5 years in Denmark.

I understand that you already currently are member of an A-kasse and receiving dagpenge. You can keep your membership while studying in another country. You can change to a free study-membership.

You can not receive dagpenge while you are studying, but you can continue to receive dagpenge (from your current 2-year period with dagpenge)  when you come back to Denmark, but only within a maximum period of 3 years from when you started to receive dagpenge, so this will be until March 2022.

Or you can earn a new 2-year period with dagpenge if you meet the requirements for graduates (based on your master).

However, as you can see in the requirements it is important that:

-You had a permanent address in Denmark no later than one day before the start of your education.

-You are in Denmark no later than 14 days (including weekends) after you end your education

But there is no requirement saying that the education must be completed in Denmark. So you can get dagpenge based on an education completed in another country.

However your master/education must be of a duration of at least 18 months for qualifying for dagpenge as an graduate.

I will recommend that you ask your A-kasse if the specific master you plan to participate in, will be enough for qualifying for dagpenge.

Best regards,

Anders Weber, www.a-kasser.dk

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thank you, the answer has helped me a lot :)
Hi again,

strange, but I can't start a new topic, so I'll just leave a comment, hopefully someone notices :)

I'm now on dagpenge (paying a-kasse membership fee) and I'm starting a master's program in Germany from October, which has a duration of 18 months (already approved for SU, so it is recognized by state). Hence, I have applied for going from paid a-kasse membership to free membership starting 1st of October when the program starts. And I got this reply:

Ansøgning om gratis a-kasse
Tak for din ansøgning den 17. september 2020 om fritagelse for at betale kontingent til
a-kassen under uddannelse.
Vi kan desværre ikke imødekomme dit ønske, da du ikke opfylder kravet om at læse
på en dimittent berettiget uddannelse. En master er ikke en dimittet uddannelse.
Reglerne står i § 8 i Beskæftigelsesministeriets bekendtgørelse nr. 723 af 20. juni
2013 om betaling af medlems- og efterlønsbidrag til en a-kasse og vejledning til
samme. Du kan læse reglerne sidst i brevet.
Hvis du vil klage over vores afgørelse
Du kan inden 4 uger klage over afgørelsen til Styrelsen for Arbejdsmarked og
Rekruttering. Klagen skal sendes med post eller mail til: address blabla

REGLER for fritagelse for betaling af medlemsbidrag
§ 8. Et medlem kan blive fritaget for at betale medlemsbidraget, bortset fra
administrationsbidraget, hvis medlemmet:
1) Er blevet frihedsberøvet i mere end 30 dage. Det gælder dog ikke, hvis
medlemmet under frihedsberøvelsen arbejder uden for Kriminalforsorgens
institutioner. Fritagelsen ophører ved løsladelsen.
2) Er ledig, tilmeldt som arbejdssøgende i jobcenteret, og retten til dagpenge er
ophørt.
3) Er voksenlærling, fyldt 30 år, betaler efterlønsbidrag, jf. dog § 9, og er
omfattet af en uddannelsesaftale, der er indgået i henhold til §§ 98 c-g i lov
om en aktiv beskæftigelsesindsats.
4) Er fyldt 30 år, følger en erhvervsmæssig uddannelse, der giver ret til
dagpenge efter lovens § 54, og betaler efterlønsbidrag, jf. dog § 9.
Fritagelsen er betinget af, at
a) de samlede indtægter fra beskæftigelse, SU, SVU eller lignende
under uddannelsen ikke overstiger det maksimale dagpengeniveau
eller elevlønnen, og at
b) beskæftigelseskravet ved uddannelsens start enten er opfyldt eller
har været opfyldt på grundlag af beskæftigelse, jf. lovens § 53, stk. 2,
og stk. 3, nr. 1 og 3, og dagpengeretten består, jf. lovens § 55, stk. 1.
5) Er under 30 år, og følger en erhvervsmæssig uddannelse, der giver ret til
dagpenge efter lovens § 54. Fritagelsen er betinget af, at de samlede
indtægter fra beskæftigelse, SU, SVU eller lignende under uddannelsen ikke
overstiger det maksimale dagpengeniveau eller elevlønnen.

I got this reply today, so I'm unable to call my a-kasse, but I had this itch, so I just had to write something in here until I can call them on Monday. I will add that I'm turning 30 on next year's March.
So, my question is, have I filled out something wrong when I was applying for the free membership (if you can tell based on their reply), or I'm just ineligible for the free membership during the study period?

Thanks.

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